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Higuain thought he had scored in the 30th after Messi picked out Ezequiel Lavezzi with a great ball and he sent a cross in toward the Napoli striker. Higuain slotted his finish inside the far post and ran to the corner flag in celebration before realizing he had been called for offside.
Shortly afterward, Germany was forced to use a substitution as Christoph Kramer had to go off with a suspected concussion after colliding with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder earlier in the game. Kramer had continued playing but looked visibly dizzy as he was led off the field. Kramer, who was a late inclusion in the lineup after Sami Khedira was injured during the warmup, was replaced by Schuerrle.
Second-half substitute lifts Germany to win
» Germany’s Mario Goetze scores the game’s only goal in the 113th minute, after entering the game as a substitute for Miroslav Klose.
» Germany wins its fourth world championship, and first since 1990.
» Argentine star Lionel Messi breaks free in the area just after halftime for his best scoring opportunity, but his shot goes wide of the far post.
» German wunderkind Mario Goetze puts his full talents on display in scoring the winning goal against Argentina. › B5» The World Cup ends on a disappointing note for Argentine star Lionel Messi, who squanders a scoring opportunity. › B5» Germany’s Miroslav Klose adds a World Cup championship to the scoring record he set in the tournament. › B5
Germany’s best chance in regulation time came just before the halftime break when Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post with a header from a corner.
Germany 1,Argentina 0
Germany 0 0 0 1 — 1
Argentina 0 0 0 0 — 0
Extra time—1, Germany, Mario Goetze 2, 113th minute.
Shots—Germany 10, Argentina 9.
Shots On Goal—Germany 7, Argentina 1.
Yellow Cards—Germany, Bastian Schweinsteiger, 29th; Benedikt Hoewedes, 34th. Argentina, Javier Mascherano, 64th; Sergio Aguero, 65th.
Offsides—Germany 3, Argentina 2.
Fouls Committed—Germany 20, Argentina 16.
Fouls Against—Germany 16, Argentina 19.
Corner Kicks—Germany 5, Argentina 3.
Referee—Nicola Rizzoli, Italy. Linesmen—Renato Faverani, Italy; Andrea Stefani, Italy.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Philipp Lahm, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schuerrle, 31st), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120th); Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose (Mario Goetze, 88th).
Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86th); Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78th), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46th).
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